Wildlife, Gorillas and Chimps - From $5,395 per p

Day 1 - Day 3
  • Aerolink flight Entebbe International Airport to Kasese (7:45am or 12:30pm departure) (approx 2 hours)
  • Road transfer from Kasese Airstrip to Ndali Lodge (approx 2 hours)
  • You stay at Ndali Lodge for 2 nights
  • Day 2 - Chimpanzee Trek
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano and overlooking the shimmering Lake Nyinambuga and with the verdant Mountains of the Moon in the distance, the location of Ndali Lodge is reason enough to stay here. Luckily, this intimate property offers a unique lodging experience as well, which enhances the superlative setting. Each of the 16 spacious stone-and-thatch cottages is able to accommodate a family, and includes en suite facilities with bath, shower, toilet and hand basin as well as a private veranda (ideal for watching the sun descend behind the Rwenzori Mountains). Every effort is undertaken to maintain the Edenic peacefulness here. Breakfast is served on the main deck overlooking the lake (fresh squeezed passion fruit juice, anyone?) and at night the dining room is lit by candles because using generators for electric lighting would shatter the quiet calm. When you wish to discover the region, there are a number of activities to undertake: guided walks to the Mahoma Waterfall, and past banana plantations and coffee terraces. Whether going for a dip in the lake or in the swimming pool, it is easy to cool off, and a pleasant boat ride will have the wind going through your hair while you keeping an eye out for birds, butterflies and primates.
    Day 2 - Chimpanzee Trekking
    You set out with a packed lunch to track the noisy chimps and other primates crashing around through the high canopy of the forest with colourful birds squawking nearby. After lunch you walk in Bigodi to see the swamp dwelling bird life. The tourism and conservation activities in Bigodi wetland have helped build a number of community projects including a local library and a new secondary school.

    You stay at Ndali Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3 - Day 5
  • Travel overland from Kibale to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 4 - Chimpanzee Trekking
  • You stay at Kyambura Gorge Lodge for 2 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • Situated on the edge of the Kyambura Gorge and Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda, one of the finest national parks in Africa, Volcanoes newest lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, has stunning views over the Gorge and the lush savannah of the park, with the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the distance. The main lodge building was originally a coffee store and processing plant, surrounded by coffee plantations. The original structure has been sensitively restored to create a stunning living space, balancing the history of the building with the location and creating a series of distinct luxurious contemporary spaces for guests. Four beautiful, spacious bandas have been carefully nestled into the hillside, each with their own luxury bathroom. Each room has a different aspect of the panoramic views across the gorge, savannah and mythical Rwenzoris. Each banda is uniquely appointed, adopting a different colour theme. From the Lodge guests can go chimp tracking in the Kyambura Gorge or Kalinzu forest. Chimps are very mobile, tracking them as they crash through the canopy screaming and whooping can take stamina. Guests can also take a game drive on the plains of Queen Elizabeth to spot lions, elephant, antelope, buffalo and some of the 600 birds species that live in this national park such as the spoonbill stork, or take a boat out onto the Kazinga Channel to spot the many birds and animals which come to cool off at the waters edge. Guests can also take a guided walk around the lodge grounds to tour the community coffee processing plant and other projects supported by Volcanoes, or through the wetland to spot bird species. Alternatively simply relax in the beautiful atmosphere of this unique lodge and watch game on the savannah plains below, listening to the sounds of the chimps and birds in the gorge.
    Day 4 - Chimpanzee Trekking
    You go on an excursion to Kyambura Gorge to track the fast moving elusive chimpanzees, one of the closest relations to man. The chimpanzee population is quite mobile and viewing is unpredictable. The walk in this lost world is nevertheless enchanting. Time permitting, you will visit the Tropical Bee Care Centre to look at their community projects, which include bee keeping, honey making and a community nursery for children. Alternatively go for a nature walk in Maramagambo Forest, this forest harbours some unusual species - red-tailed and LHoests Monkey, potto, giant forest hog, pygmy antelope, and giant elephant shrew. You can also visit the bat caves and the blue lake. In the afternoon you embark a cruise along the Kazinga Channel, linking Lakes Edward and George, this is especially rewarding for seeing many animals and birds. Look out for the rare shoebill stork!

    You stay at Mweya Safari Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5 - Day 7
  • Travel overland from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi
  • Day 6 - Gorilla trekking (subject to permit availability at the time of booking)
  • You stay at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge for 2 nights
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
  • Listen to the cacophony of the jungle, the calls of gorillas, chimpanzees and native birds coming together in timeless chorus, as you revel in the remoteness of Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge. The lodge was built with eco-friendly principles in mind: it uses solar-powered lights and hot bucket showers to control water consumption and reduce a negative impact on the environment. Each of the eight en-suite chalets has a rustic, earthy and uniquely African feel - rooms are simple yet alluringly comfortable and include twin beds, a vanity area, a sitting area and ample natural light from the five surrounding windows. They also include a private veranda, providing a great view of the spectacularly scenic valley and forest beyond. There are many options for exploring the surrounding wilds, including nature walks and hikes to the nearby waterfalls. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to four habituated gorilla families, and you can set off in search of these rare and regal creatures. Tracking them through the thick, verdant jungle and coming face to face with them is an experience beyond compare. When you return to the lodge, unwind at the thatched bar or dining area and tell stories around the log fireplace as the chorus of the jungle begins again.
    Day 6 - Gorilla trekking
    Tracking the gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina, sometimes walking for a few hours in the mud and in wet conditions. Finally coming across these majestic creatures in the undergrowth is an inspiring moment. In Bwindi there are about 300 mountain gorillas and two of the families are habituated; it is also rich in other primates, some unusual bird species and butterflies. The gorillas live in a lower, more humid, denser forest with thick undergrowth and generally have to be tracked up and down a series of switchback hills. The total trekking time is between 4-7 hours and can be strenuous when the gorillas are deeply hidden, but your sense of achievement and wonder when they are found, is an ample reward for the effort.

    You stay at Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7
  • Road transfer from Bwindi Lodge to Kihihi Airstrip (approx 2 hours)
  • Aerolink flight to Entebbe International Airport (depart at 9:45am or 2:05pm) (approx 2 hours)

  • Breakfast